Thursday, 22 July 2010

FCC Says Millions Lack Access to Broadband — GigaLaw.com Daily News

FCC Says Millions Lack Access to Broadband — GigaLaw.com Daily News
I am posting this article for 2 reasons. The first is that GigaLaw is one of the oldest blogs I know, and has always kept well ahead of any new legal matters on tech issues, and is always worth checking out. The second reason is the issue of internet access. There is a growing movement based on the idea that access to the internet is a human right and I have some initial sympathy with this. What this is based on is the disparity in information access and social connectivity between those who have such access and those who do not. My thoughts on this will not reach the audience who do not and therefore cannot engage in the debate. Even the most hardened greenies seem to have web pages or Facebook groups. The other matter of concern is that the access is more often based on social and economic disparity. Those at the bottom of the heap, not just in New Zealand but also in 3rd world countries, do not have this access to information and contacts. Some greenies would observe that the infrastructure for internet creates a whole new problem-Google now has vast server farms which consume large amounts of electricity. The infrastructure in places like Haiti for example means that such connectivity is difficult. I have yet to see any paper from our Law Commission on the concept. While they are well established on the web and encourage debate on their new issues, this prime topic has not yet crossed their gaze in to the future.

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